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This podcast is on cast box

On the 3rd of this month, I got an Email saying that this podcast is now on castbox. I’ve been slow on updating the blog about it, but its better late than never.

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The tech podcast on overcast

Yesterday, I got an email stating the podcast is available on overcast. You can always go to the tech podcast page on anchor for all the details.

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Stitcher now has the podcast

Hi all,

Stitcher now has my podcast. Here is that link if you wish to have it.

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Anchor update for the evening of September 11th 20:00 hours

I’ve got an update for all of you that might be of interest as we iron out the bugs. Thanks for your support!


Hello folks,

Anchor has submitted my podcasts to other directories. Here are the links to them if you wish to subscribe.

As of the time I’m putting this post together for you, Google is not working, but do keep the link around. This is what was sent to me.

Also, I put the audio directory back on this server, and it looks like that may have fixed some redirect issues that I’ve seen. I’m always working on getting things as seemless as possible. Thanks for your continued support!

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anchor update for September 11

Hi all,

This is a learning experience for all of us. I’ve just updated the information you need page on this blog with this RSS feed. The redirect may be causing some side effects, including:

  • The inability to receive podcasts.
  • A mixture of different episodes.
  • A URL not found when putting the technology.jaredrimer.net/audio in your podcast feed.

This is all a learning experience, because I need to know how to proceed if I want to use anchor on other platforms for my other podcasts.

I appreciate the messages I’ve gotten about the issues.

Some of the comments are dealing with the file names, and I do not have any control of them. I upload it as my file structure, however, it renames the file and that I need to look in to.

Please continue to let me know of any issues so I may enquire in to what is happening. Thanks for reading!

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Anchor distributes podcasts

Hi all,

I just received an email from Anchor this morning that the technology blog and podcast is now available on a service called Pocket Cast. I’ve never heard of them, however, I want to take this opportunity to let them know that they are welcome here.

This is ghe link that is provided for pocket cast for people to click on to subscribe.

This is the link to use to go to my profile on Anchor where other links may be of value to you.

This link is for the RSS and I’m interested to know if people are subscribed to the old feed whether it picked up the latest update for podcast 287. Someone told me they didn’t pick it up but yet I uploaded it yesterday.

Welcome aboard!

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Mytelespace changing telephone numbers

Hi all, it has come to my attention that Mytelespace, the telephone line that started in 2008, announced a new telephone number. They are announcing that the 832 telephone numbers which we’ve had since we moved to that location are going to be discontinued. The number I’ve been using is 712-432-2831 but they are not announcing that number. The number that was announced as of September 7, 2018 was 720-787-1070. The administration had asked for people to log in using that number, and when I did, I ended up getting a fast busy signal.

Mytelespace announced 5 months ago on their twitter that this was going to be happening, but no timeline was ever given.

If people read this, I’m curious on whether anyone was successful dialing the number provided.

You can email me, or find other contact on the page on the blog entitled information you need. Thanks for reading!

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anchor update

Hi folks,

I’ve had to restart the feed, and there were some issues with the import which was automated. I’ve gotten all of the podcasts up, and the blog will have to supplement the RSS with this blog as there is a 1000 character limit. We’re still going to put the mixcloud which I uploaded the last podcast to just today. Your thoughts are still welcome as we beta test together to see how this works. Its always a learning journey.

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An article is coming for a book review of kingpin

Hello folks,

On podcast 280, I did an audio review of kingpin, which I really wasn’t all that happy with it. I left it that way because I wanted to do it a certain way, but it didn’t quite work out that way. I’ve gotten comments about the review, but I thought I’d write something as well. I’ve now submitted it to Vocal for their platform, and I’ll post that review here when it is available.

Vocal also has some very interesting updates I’ll talk about in this upcoming podcast, and I’m liking what I’m seeing.

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my coments on 2 factor authentication

Hi.
Well ran through the casts from last week and looked at things.
I usually don’t comment on stuff but 2 step authentication is nice and it isn’t.
I for example use it on an iphone, thats nice, you get a code on your phone for service, its fine if you have the device in front of you.
The government and other sites I use this have it.
I don’t use it on twitter though, and not on gmail.
Right now, if I do that unless all I do is view mail within chrome, every program using a google service will need an access password called an apps password.
Thats fine but it means more and more passwords to more and more things I struggle to remember the passwords I do use, in fact a lot of the free sites have the same or similar password, my shopping sites have passwords but since I use paypal thats 2 more passwords to enter in.
Google also has a feature which disables anything thats not secured.
In itself its fine, however what I don’t care about is that the only apps that google allows when this is set to on are google apps made by google.
So in short, if I am secured I have no choice, or independance if say I want to use thunderbird so I don’t do it on gmail.
Some sites allow different methods, ie email or other methods for handle the 2 step, if your phone is not in range some don’t.
2 factor itself is a darn good idea, the way its implimented can sometimes leave you wandering.
For example if I turned on all the so called security settings for google I would be stuck to google apps which is probably why they are making every app you use which is not google have a password.
If I need to signin to x site all the time, I don’t necessarily want to have to put in a code and access it.
Yes you can set something to trusted but its means another cookie and I don’t care about tracking we get enough of this as it is.
We still have a good way to go for it, for some things we allready have this sorted but for others well I don’t know.

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Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Hi all,

Here’s my next tech book I’m going to read. I found it both on bookshare and bard. I was actually surprised to find it on BARD, but it is actually there.

For those outside the United States, you can definitely get it off of Amazon through Kindle or autible.

Here is the information about the book.

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

By: Bruce Schneier

Synopsis

You are under surveillance right now. Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns
are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re
thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it. The powers that surveil
us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but
also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides
share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate
surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance
society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that
values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business
models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You’ll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even
your car in the same way again.

Copyright: 2015

It is also available on bard as DB 81511.

I plan to review it for this cast as well when i’m done. It sounds facinating!

Have you read this book, and if so, what did you think?

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Comments to posts

Hi jared.
Firstly a minor admin notice.
Due to the fact I couldn’t get jetpack to update because of some sort of extraction error I had to completely kill and reinstall it.
If something is screwed with jetpack or wordpress settings please set things to how you want.
I have tried to set things that should be set right, but I am only human.
Thanks, crashmaster.

Articles.
Specter and meltdown.
Yeah, this is old by a few days from us cert.
Is it a problem?
judging from firmware updates to the new hp remote box that came out today it seems its patched.
Just remember all that have them, if you get an update to your firmware please install it.
Please check your updates the way you do them from your manufacturer’s site.
Chances are the automatically installed software will do that when you run it but if not or you removed it, you need your machiens serial number or something to get access at least for hp units.
2. android.
Nothing is secure, be carefull where you go this thing will get fixed like everything else even if its not done allready.
Next government sites.
You’d think they would be secured, but yeah our government has been blasted because sites were not secured right.
And even if they are secure, overload that site and you may get information which is not yours or worse.
I havn’t had issues with non secured sites, but have had an issue where all benifits were cut because of a system crash.
I reported on time my situation it was noted down and shortly after that I was traveling.
I get back and am told all benifits are cut because I didn’t report.
I ring contact centre.
The data did come through but the system crashed so the output never made it.
The system was fixed, but as my situation did not go over the benifit expiry date no one thought about fixing the error and a lot of error messages got sent and that was all.
The opperater said after a pause of a minute that checks with the customs computers proved I was back and my data matched and that there in fact was no issue and the errors were just errors.
A sinical version of me though could be fooled into thinking that the data never made it and they were covering their rears.
The issue was fixed, and I was told to call back if there was an issue.
Here is the issue, after going through not only 2 step, but voice, photo, police, security, and several address checks, codes both via paper, voice and in person as well as email, you’d think if the system was nice and secure that if it screwed up someone would be able to notice it but I guess not.
Sadly an open system like android will be prone to more security issues than closed source, opensource is good, faster upgrades, faster patching, better security, and full user interaction, but the same things that make it fast are security holes.
Its the risk you take with your stuff there is nothing different.
Do I trust local and national government systems, I don’t say with my data, I do trust that they are secure enough I don’t have to worry about them if they don’t work.
Ofcause, while I need to access them the times I really need to directly access them are rarely to almost never and only have to be for security, varification checks, revarification and or if I need to travel, or update passports, address details, or services.
Most of this is automatic and so I am confident it works, ofcause if I forget my password thats a problem which I probably will since I hardly need to access the system.
I do have an access pin which I hope I never forget.
I do have questions but I just hope I don’t forget those.
There is always a ballance between user and security, you need to find it then you may be fine or maybe not.

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Comments for this week

Hi.
Thought I’d lump everything into this thing.
1. dictation is it secure.
Sure, are your habbits secure?
Would you yell your credit card number in a public place to all that can hear.
No.
The same is for medical information.
I would assume you would set things up when at home, or in the place if thats how you handled things.
There are just some things you type in even if you can dictate, its commen sence.
Sadly while not secure info exactly I have heard people yell conversations out in the bars on their phones or in cafes or other eateries.
Not only is it diskirtious and really insecure its annoying as muther fucking god!
We don’t need this.
If used properly then dictation is a usefull tool.
Put it this way, if you get crushed to death by your chipper because you decided to unstick a jam by putting your foot in it and giving it a shove?
Probably if its broken but if by the action you breaking it further by doing that it probably is your’s.
With technologies like dictation a lot of the owniss should actually be on the user.
Now if that info is online and gets hacked via dictation thats another thing entirely but I do think users need to use their ai systems a lot more well like you would do normally.
The net is almost the same as real life and should be treated as such.
Your identity is public, your information is public, I am sure some government agency is reading this post.
Thats what we all should be thinking, big brother is watching.
That means don’t be an intire fucking idiot, don’t be stupid.
This is the real world we are talking here, sadly some just choose or believe its not.
Text is a terrible medium to write in at any case voice is the key but there is a risk in everything.
2. klango.
I used it back when dialup existed and yeah I remember it all.
At first it was fine but as forums and groups grew out of proportion things started to go wrong.
I never used it extensively, but there were rumors of bad management, hackers, bad admin staff, one rumor from a user to another said that after reporting that after a particularly bad time with arguments with another user an admin told them to go kill themselves.
Ofcause rumors in these places like any electronic board are rife, so are banns for no reason, bad admins and the like.
I kept out of people’s way but as links broke and badness came out of it things improved klango died.
With twitter going the way it seems to be and facebook not far behind klango may rise up again it was a good platform I wish it could be continued and upgraded.
With the event of win10 and other things, privacy is a big thing, but choosing what we have on means we choose to share things like location, speech data, update information etc.
Using a modern system from windows to apple to android means to have the interactive experience we have we need to send a lot of data gigs and gigs of it.
And that data will be stored and sadly used for adds and addware because we as users want to be as low cost or free as we can.
Nothing is free even if they say it is.
And while I don’t care for adds, I do view adds and promotions for things like my shopping mall, bits for the paper, things like that.
The issue is that if I am having adds I want them for my city for things I recognise not forign adds. and ofcause the dangerous ones always exist.
You can’t control internet adds etc.
I mean we all get spam snailmail, and sometimes we read it.
In 1996 to 2001, spam email actually worked like normal junkmail.
If junk mail that we recieved via post came via email maybe once a day and not all the time, then I’d read it.
All those catalogs and whats on things.
Another issue with all this is that we try to fix what is not broken.
Most of the security is not in fact a virus, hacker or ransomware attack.
Its that we need to be carefull within ourselves and not be half asleep especially online.
And with that I will go and sleep myself.

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comments on various things

Hi.
Well firstly the updates for patch tuesday.
Yeah, for home users the thing will not be a problem unless you just happen to be the unhappy owner of an first generation intel i3 530m mobile type chip.
My uncle’s server has an really mangled m530 first gen, it was really slow to begin with, fast first loaded, but fully loaded was slow.
Cleared off and maintained still on the slow side.
With the update almost useless.
For all the 7th gen and 3rd gen units I own including a first gen or second gen i3 standard from 2009 its not that bad.
Transfering files on all systems from flash drives from and to does seem to slow down a lot especially when its small files I have to deal with.
What should have taken me 5 hours now takes me most of a day.
But since I don’t have to transfer 10-100gb per day thats hardly the issue as such.
I had to recover a friends data for him and have a little to go.
Next swatting, I think this could be added to the nusance or at least scam calls.
You don’t like someone, you get a swat team on them.
There is just one floor in this attack.
The police are not dumb!
They are the police, trusted inforcers of the law so they are not dumb!!!
Except they seem to be as dumb as the cucumber I eat on my salad.
Technically this attack is as bad as something trying to scan a port, its not as bad as a traditional spam attack, or ransomware, but if successfull it can deliver as much dammage as a virus with ransomware, malware, fishing hoax and spam/worm trogen elements.
The only semi cool part of this for the geeks here is that till they get smarter, there is actually a way for you to get destroyed by your computer (the machines are coming! run for your lives)
Seriously though this attack shouldn’t even be able to succeed and even if it did like spam emails it should be recognised as such and handled accordingly.
You’d better hope there isn’t a robot uprising tomorrow because the machines are smarter than us
I do think swatting can be added to hoaxes, fishing and scams in general maybe spam.
The attacks are initiated online in a forum, a bit hard to get handled unless certain phrases are blocked I guess.
Once on twitter, as long as person x keeps the same name well who knows.
If they don’t mask their ips then they can probably be traced.
For those that do its almost impossible.
I recieve scam calls, emails, etc every so often.
The emails and calls are not dangerous in themselves but if you follow them, open their attachments or click their links they can be.
I guess we are only human but this attack is easy to avoid and even if something does happen it should be easy to realise that its a hoax.

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ots to read

Lots to read as of late that I’ve been doing, and no time to blog. I’ve also been writing about other articles, as well as starting on the next podcast. Some of the articles deal with ransomware, some deal with the continuing problems with the equifax breach, and yet others are dealing with the complexities of keeping ourselves safe with tips and other information on cybersecurity month. You can go to my go to my live journal where it posts my tweets each day and yiou can pick what interests you. Stay safe.

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Inaccessible cloud services

Hi.
Well we all heard about inaccessible antivirus and sadly this seems to be spreading.
Its spreading to things we use like skype app, and cloud storage.
I use dropbox a lot, it mostly works then again I don’t need to share right now or set anything right at the current moment.
What got me started on this is that I have icloud for a system and its totally inaccessible now, I can use it and get things to run ok but there is some image or window covering it and this with the v7 upgrade.
That is not fully to bad, but google has bundled the photos and drive app together.
While all in all thats fine some of the options could be a lot better.
Things like the my computer, desktop and photos buttons do not press or read statuses if pressed or not.
There is also an invisible window appearing all the time when the thing runs.
Intel has a new updater to which sadly is not accessible till you click it then the internal web app which is online is quite accessible, better than the older app but still.
On upgrading automatically to the new drive app backup sync, it would crash randomly.
To fix things I had to uninstall and then restart else you get issues all over the place.
Then you need to hope it doesn’t upload your computer to itself and choose the right drive to store it all.
I managed with some trial and error to turn all that off.
This took most of the morning.
I really hope this trend doesn’t continue, at least with security software there is a sort of way out, but with this stuff, dropbox, google and icloud not to mention modern skype.
Its a bit of a problem.
Some things go up others down.

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Editorial, lets fix this thing or technology is all fine and dandy when it works

Imagine this situation.
You get a bit of tech from a user or family member, in this case an old obselete put together unit from ebay or similar in this case an intel dh55tc which is not made anymore, with an amd module with an old pre gen1 i3 530 at 3ghz with 8gb of ram of unknown type probably ddr2, a ralink card which died at least 5 years ago and with issues up the spout.
So here you are, turn it on, computer, click.
Me good, windows starts, and we wait and wait and wait for ages.
Me run nvda windows oooook stutter, stutter stutter.
Me fine.
No sound, no notifications, ok weird.
Me run dd.
windows, dd not found, no error ding, me ok.
Test sounds windows I don’t want to
me, fine.
Windows, no connection.
Me there is a connection.
Windows, the card sucks.
Me, reinstall card.
Windows there is a connection but its in airplane mode.
Windows, fuck off.
Me, uninstall the driver please.
Windows, insert card, me no.
Windows ok its gone.
Windows says no connection after reboot.
Me install driver, windows ok, connection found.
Me, why,.
Me: google what is this ralink thing, and why can’t I get drivers for it.
Google: according to cloud databases this brand is no more it has been deleted, the new node says the product is legacy.
Me lets buy another one, I find and buy another card, it costs a bit more than a standard card but its duel and tp link.
And its in the mail hopefully.
Right, no sound.
Me run all the fixits.
Windows its fine.
Me update driver, windows says need to get rid of the old one.
Me fine, accept my usb device.
Windows no.
Me ok alt tab hit alt n, wait 10 minutes, windows, I have sound.
Me: ok so now what.
Me, lets ask google.
me : google, the sound does not work right.
google: your user profile is corrupted.
Me, so lets make another one.
I do, Me, windows open the old profile, and transfer all the data over please.
Windows, I don’t want to.
Me: hit’s reset.
Windows starts.
Windows sounds work.
Me: thank the lord.
Windows: I can access the files now.
Me: transfer the files.
windows does so.
Me: delete the old user account.
Windows, confirm deletion.
me: confirm.
windows freezes.
Me reset.
Windows starts the account is gone the files are transfered.
Me, start google drive and install it as does not work.
Windows installs it, the account sets up fine so does onedrive.
Me: install dropbox.
Dropbox, invalid account please make another one.
Me: fuck! off!
It does and I set the mail up.
Me: outlook get mail.
Outlook: ok.
Message from dropbox, your password is expired.
Me: ok, I am really close to taking a hammer to the ceo of dropbox.
Dropbox comes up and I reset the password and login no trouble.
As this dialog shows this has been my week’s work.
My uncle has this old intel out of date board obselete hardware server 320gb hdd which he uses for a few small things which can not be migrated to the cloud.
This includes an isp mail database.
Sadly this database got lost in the corruption.
In addition outlook saved the database for its email in the users/username/hiddenappdata/local which is also hidden.
And sadly I never checked it when the user got dammaged so its gone.
And there is no backup.
Luckily the system is a non critical subsystem, the main datasources are cloud based ms and google respectively.
The last time this happened on the previous server, the encripted hard drive or rather one of its supplies caught fire.
The board died and it had to get recovered at cost.
It is recovered but everything is all over the place in a corrupted mess so who knows.
I have changed it so outlook saves in the documents/outlook files folder so it isn’t but yeah.
I need to check to make sure the dropbox and adobe cloud syncs are updated and then I should be fine.
Technology is nice till it breaks and being a tech the stuff breaks in interesting ways.
Oh if only for the old days of dos.

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updates for the month

Well.
I usually don’t post a piece on here especially because ms doesn’t post any info however.
Updates for windows are out no office, adobe reader, flash abbyy fine reader, some applien studio products, amd drivers, codecguide.
and ccleaner.
There is a lot of them.
Read up if you want.

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Some recent issues, they are being investigated

Hello to all subscribers and readers.

I’m Jared Rimer, I’m the main one who writes here on the technology blog and podcast. While I’ve not written much lately, I want to come in here today because there have been some downtime on this and my other blog, but this one is the most written on right now.

Recently, my moderator, Shaun Everess, E-mailed me this morning pacific time, to let me know of a blog outage. I was able to confirm and open a ticket within the hour of me being notified. This blog came back up within the half hour of me writing the ticket.

Let me explain what is going on here.

  • Our control panel checks for updates each day at midnight.
  • We are not sure, but some component somewhere is having a hard time, and thats what is being investigated.
  • I am not completely sure, but the component may have something to do with database connections, so anything needing a database connection is effected.
  • The good news is that the provider was called early this morning. Due to the time, the provider was not in a position to deal with it then, so it was delbt with as quickly as possible.
  • I can’t guarantee anything right now, but i can tell you that this is being monitored to figure out whats happening. Thanks for your continued support, and the JRN apologizes for any inconvenience this causes you.

    The last time we had an outage, it was after an upgrade, but I can’t prove that because it wasn’t just this blog, and multiple accounts were effected. We’ll continue to keep you posted as soon as we know something. Thanks for your continued support, and Thanks Shaun for getting us alerted. Without you, I don’t think I’d notice a lot of the issues. Thanks bud for all your support.

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    march’s updates

    Hi.
    Well I have been busy this month but thought I’d put out all the updates since no more have come.
    Amd drivers, and others.
    Windows 7 monthly and preview monthly.
    adobe flash, and adobe acrobat update services.
    Dropbox, skype all have new versions.
    codecguide 13 is out.
    Windows10 cumulative for march is out.
    Well technically 3 versions came out one you had to manually download from the catalog.
    The first version was the big update including february’s update.
    The second versions fixed issues with the first.
    The third fixed issues with the second ie it broke windows store.
    Office recieved 2 updates one minor today.
    Itunes has an update.
    Garmin devices had one of their updaters depricated and another released, tomtom has a new update for its home suite.
    Thats that for this month.
    Next month is windows 10 creaters.
    Interestingly if we use old termonaligy we have win10 then win10 a.
    Now we get win 10 c where is win10 b?
    And where did windows 9 go by the way.
    Intel also has a driver updater update to 2.72.
    More next month.

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